Stay calm and listen for instructions from the crew.
Concentrate on leaving the plane and forget about your possessions.
Cover your nose and mouth with a wet napkin, towel or handkerchief.
Try to help other passengers if you can.
Stay as low as you can and move without hesitation to the closest unobstructed front or rear exit.
Remember to use the floor lighting strips to help guide you to an exit.
Upon reaching an evacuation slide, remove high-heeled shoes BEFORE you sit down on the slide. Tuck your arms, elbows in, across your chest. Put your legs and feet together and jump feet first onto evacuation slide.
After exiting the plane, get away from it quickly. Stay clear of the area, but be alert for any emergency vehicles that are rushing to provide help.
Never return to an aircraft that has had a fire, even if it appears to be safe.
Be aware of travel advisories concerning weather problems, security threats or any other important issue at or on the way to your destination.
Check the airline’s safety record and compare. It is particularly important to do this when you are flying foreign carriers.
Try to book non-stop or direct flights, when possible, to reduce the number of takeoffs and landings. Many accidents occur when the plane is reaching or coming down from a high altitude or speed.
Cover as much skin as possible. Avoid synthetic fabrics if you can. Some may melt in high heat, so try wear clothing made of natural fabrics such as wool, cotton, denim or leather.
Stay away from tight or restrictive clothing. Choose something that is loose or can be made looser.
Avoid high heeled shoes. Wear low heels, preferably leather or canvas. Laced shoes are better than loafer types because they can be loosened.
Always listen and follow flight attendants instructions. They are there to help keep you safe.
Pay attention to the emergency instructions given at the start of the flight.
Read the safety instruction card in the back of the seat in front of you and know where the flotation device is located.
Think about a plan in the event of an emergency. Know where the emergency exits are, both in the front and rear of the plane. Remember how many rows are between you and the nearest exits. This helps even if smoke blocks your view.
Keep your seat belt fastened at all times when you are in your seat. It will protect you in the event of unexpected turbulence.
Ask the flight attendant to pour refills of hot beverages over the beverage cart rather than over you ! Usually, they will take the cup, refill it and then hand it back.
Don't overdo the alcohol. Cabin pressure causes alcohol to have a much greater affect than it does on the ground. Two drinks equate to four !
Never place heavy items in the overhead storage bins. First, you could hurt your back in doing so and more importantly, those items could fall out on you or someone else and cause injury.
If someone else has stowed overweight items in the overhead storage area, ask a flight attendant to remove them and store them in a safe place.
Try to avoid seats under the overhead compartment. Many people are injured by heavy items falling on them.
Although planes are pressurized, your ears are very sensitive to the changes in altitude. Landing usually affects people more than take off.
If you are experiencing a head cold, try to clear it up before you need to fly.
If you have an ear infection, you might want to consider postponing the trip or using ground transportation. An ear infection can be terribly painful on a plane and also dangerous to your health. Contact your doctor before hand and let him know your travel plans ask his advice before you leave.
Many people find relief from chewing gum or sucking on candy. Chewing and swallowing relieves pressure on the ears, especially on take off and landing. With small children, be careful to avoid the possibility of them choking during turbulence.
Yawning is a good way clear the ear passages
Nursing a baby can help the child's ear discomfort.
If you sleep on the plane, request a wake up before you begin descent. Landing is usually hard on the ears and while sleeping you swallow less. You may wake up on the ground in pain.
Be sure that pool or ocean water from the vacation is not still lodged in your ears. Buy ear drops and dry out before you fly.
Whatever method you use, continue through take off and landing. That way you will adjust to the change gradually.
Most people have no problem flying on an airplane. If it's your first flight and you are afraid of becoming ill, ask your doctor for something that will help if needed. It's unlikely that you will but it’s too late once you’re on the plane.
Try to get a seat in the middle of the plane. Being seated on the wings will provide a smoother ride.
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